The tiny, picturesque town of Bryn Mawr, PA is, of course, most famous for its small but prestigious women’s college -- the alma mater of actress Katherine Hepburn, poet Marianne Moore, and Edna Krabapel from The Simpsons. While Bryn Mawr is known as a quiet, suburban place to live, there’s still plenty of things to see and do, and your canine companion will fit right in. Wagging tails are welcome in many of the restaurants and shops on Lancaster Avenue. Biaga Pizza and Beer on nearby Glenbrook Avenue is also a mutts-visit in the summer, with several outdoor tables for you and your pooch to sit at and chow down.
There’s no dedicated dog park in Bryn Mawr, but there are several beautiful community parks where you and your leashed pup can go strolling, and there are some beautiful hiking trails just a little fur-ther afield. Just be sure to bring your own water and poo bags. There are also three vets in town, with 24-hour care available just seven miles away in Pleasant Meeting. Of course, Bryn Mawr is just a 25-minute drive from the big lights of Philadelphia, where you can sniff out a lot more in the way of activities and events to keep your furry friend bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!
While the small Ashbridge Memorial Park off Montgomery Avenue in central Bryn Mawr is certainly worth a visit, Ithan Valley Park is by far the best dog-friendly recreation space that the area has to offer. Though your pooch will need to be leashed, the park boasts 19 acres of beautiful woods and pawesome trails to sniff and explore. Careful, though -- the name Bryn Mawr is Welsh for “Big Hill”, so some of the trails in Ithan Valley Park are steep, and can be slippery in damp weather. The park is just at the corner of St. Ithan’s Avenue and S Bryn Mawr Avenue, with parking available at the entrance.
With West Mill Creek Park only a 7-minute drive from Bryn Mawr, it would be a huge faux paws not to give this excellent dog park a visit. Located just off the Old Gulph Road in Gladwynne, West Mill Creek Park is an off-leash park with poo bags provided and a segregated area for small and large dogs. This park is open from sunrise to sunset. The true gem of Gladwynne, though, is the Rolling Hill Park on Rose Glen Road. There’s an off leash creek running through the dog park. If your pooch loves swimming as part of their off-leash adventures, there’s no better place in the Bryn Mawr area for them to come and splash about!
Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in Philadelphia, just eleven miles away from Bryn Mawr. Technically a large group of multiple parks spanning both sides of the Schulkiyul River, you and your leashed pooch can wander through wooded trails, gardens and historic sites. The real draw for your dog, though, is the Schulkiyul River Dog Run. Located right by the waterside, this park is a pup’s paradise, with multiple water bowls, lots of balls and toys available, plenty of places for owners to sit, and a kiddie pool for your hot dog to cool down on in the summer. Large and small dogs are kept separate, so your pup can socialize no matter their size!
The Wissahickon Valley Park on Forbidden Drive in Roxborough, Philadelphia is 12 miles out from Bryn Mawr, and a perfect location for a leashed stroll with your pup. The scenic, wooded trails vary in difficulty, so you can choose one that suits the athletic ability of both you and your pooch. The real mutts-visit site, though, is the Bone Appetite Dog Bakery! While technically located in nearby Chesnut Hill, on Germantown Avenue, Bone Appetite serves treats both off the shelf and to order that are sure to make your dog sit up and beg!
A 12-minute drive from Bryn Mawr, South Haverford is home to the well-maintained Haverford Reserve Dog Park on Parkfield Road, a space beloved by local and visiting pooches alike. There’s a water station and dog bowls, and even some agility equipment so your best friend can work up a sweat! If your dog isn’t such a fan of the gym, plenty of balls are provided for a spirited game of catch. The park is cared for by the users, so there’s a strong sense of community spirit among dog owners, and your pup is sure to have a pawsitively excellent time socializing!